question for those who got recaros and those who didn't

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Chat and Discussion' started by stealth fighter, Oct 28, 2014.

  1. stealth fighter

    stealth fighter New Member

    Hi everyone! Im currently considering a fiesta st and while i was skeptical about all of the reviews i must say that the car more than lived up to the hype... its so good and just PULLS!

    anyway, im trying to decide if i need the recaros... unfortunately there are no st's in my area that have them so i cant check them out in person.

    Ive read enough on here to know that the recaros will break in and become very comfortable but the one thing i havent seen people address is if the heavy bolstering will wrinkle your clothes if you are wearing a shirt that is a little loose... that would be super annoyingly to me and probably a deal breaker

    The other thing im wondering is if those of you who didnt get the recaros regret that decision and also if any of you have found a way to not slide around like a race harness or something else

    Cliff notes:

    If you have recaros do they wrinkle your clothes because of the bolstering?

    If you dont have recaros do you regret not getting them?
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  3. JustinP

    JustinP Member

    I wish I had the recaros, but my budget wouldn't allow it.
  4. Gpfarrell

    Gpfarrell Member

    I'm a suit & tie guy, Recaros never wrinkle my clothes.

    They are expensive... but they sure feel good!
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  5. BRGT350

    BRGT350 Well-Known Member Staff Member

    buisness casual and sometimes a tie, but no issues with the seats wrinkling my shirts or pants. Between 2 different ST's, I have logged over 22,000 miles in the Recaro seats and would not have the car without them. I find on long trips they are vastly more comfortable than the non Recaro seats.
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  6. reddog99

    reddog99 Active Member

    I didn't get the Recaros, and it wasn't because they are too tight. My problem is that the forward portion of the thigh support is too high and it took too much effort to hold down the clutch. I'm a bit short, which makes me raise the seat, and then the thigh support interferes with clutch depression.

    When I start having fun around corners, I also start wishing for the Recaros. Something to consider if you have weird body dimensions (like me).
  7. Chuckable

    Chuckable Member

    No wrinkles here, and I usually wear a dress shirt.
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  8. Zormecteon

    Zormecteon Active Member

    I ordered them because I have always heard what great seats they are, and have wanted a sets in my cars for years. Here was the opportunity to have them installed from the factory! I didn't think I would like the heat as much as I do. Fabulous. If you think they're expensive, price them on the open market as replacements.
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  9. SpaceFish

    SpaceFish Member

    I had the Recaros in my Focus ST (and didn't get them in my Fiesta ST because my husband didn't like the tight fit). I do just fine throwing the car hard into turns with the base seats without moving around. I don't miss them terribly much, but on my next car, the husband will just have to deal with them since I would definitely get them again. I never had any problems with wrinkling with them in my Focus ST.
  10. djdennehy

    djdennehy Active Member

    I have the base seats and I like them just fine, use the car for long trips and track use, one thing I will say as a bigger guy is that I had to purchase 5 point harnesses to keep me from being thrown around too much in the car when autocrossing, but honestly the seats aren't too blame as much for the grip (and the driver area being a bit confined). Either way you go you can't go wrong, and you can always buy a set of upgraded seats and put them in (probably for a lot less than the factory seats).
  11. crzyworm623

    crzyworm623 Member

    I went with the base seats and wanted to change to Recaros but I was too late. I regret not getting them and at the same time I'm glad I didn't. To add 10% to the cost of the car for seats wasn't worth it for me. Having base seats they are comfortable, I just wish when I do hit a few curves they'd hold me in as I'm a skinny guy. But 98% of my driving is on straight roads. The Recaros do look good though.
  12. Firesail

    Firesail Active Member

    I would not own this car without these seats. They really make the package complete.:)
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  13. eRic

    eRic Active Member

    Recaro seats are nice but they don't fit me... or the other way around. Driving in them at STOA was great but I don't think I could live with them day to day. Also the Recaro head restraint pushes on my helmet vs. the non-Recaro head restraint when I have it set in the most upright position. I really wanted to want the Recaro seats but they just don't work for me. Another thing I noticed is the H-point seems higher in the Recaro even in the lowest position. It would be nice if we could get the Recaro seats from a 2009 Focus RS. Those fit me just fine.
  14. Ed_the_sledd

    Ed_the_sledd Member

    The recaro seats are amazing. Definitely worth every penny. People compliment my interior more than my exterior. Not sure how I feel about that lol but it means the seats are great! My gf loves the heated seats and I love the way they hug you. Really makes the car appear to be in a different price class
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  15. FORZDA 2

    FORZDA 2 Member

    The Recaro seats are a great option in such an entry-level car from Ford. If they are too tight it means you're too fat. The ST isn't really entry-level, but the Fiesta model line definitely is. Anyway, the headrests are indeed tilted too far forward for a normal driving position, especially with a helment on. So..., you just remove the headrest and bend the mount rods until the headrest stands up straighter. I think they were designed for the crowd that leans the seat so far back that their own back isn't even touching the seat when they drive.
  16. WScottCross

    WScottCross Well-Known Member

    The easy fix for the helmet problem with recaros is to remove the headrest and reinstall it backwards.
  17. FORZDA 2

    FORZDA 2 Member

    Agreed if it doesn't bother your head otherwise. Mine touched my head often enough to aggravate the crap out of me, so bending the posts was the only viable method for me. It really isn't a big task to "adjust" the angle. I've left the passenger side alone for now. The only person who sits in the pasenger seat is my wife and she is "short" so it doesn't bother her at all.
  18. JustinP

    JustinP Member

    How do you have the harness anchored? I have very little experience with harnesses. Sorry if it's a dumb question. I'm just not familiar with them.
  19. CrookedRacer

    CrookedRacer Active Member

    You can check out how I did mine here:

    ...along with all the cautionary advice I got from lots of other GRM readers (which was helpful in many cases).

    I only use my harness for autocrossing, and NOT for the street or track.

    On Topic: I love my Recaro's. And I get mostly positive comments on them when people sit in the passenger side. I am 6'-3", 260 lbs, so I'm borderline too fat for the seats - the seat bottom bolsters tend to dig into my fat thighs.
  20. k757

    k757 Active Member

    Ford's one size fits all approach for the recaro is ridiculous. So no, no go here

    I may get a custom fit sized correctly for me over the winter recaro/bride/sparco/etc
  21. Ronbo

    Ronbo Member

    I also felt the Recaros were not worth the price until I sat in a car that had them. Fit me like a glove and I had to get them. No regrets.

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